This Menopause Policy is intended to help raise awareness and understanding of menopausal symptoms and encourage employees to discuss their own symptoms in a timely manner if the symptoms are affecting their work performance. In addition, the policy sets out support available to employees going through the menopause.
Employers have a duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees. If an employee raises health concerns connected to menopause it is sensible to consider whether or not a risk assessment is necessary to identify how working conditions could affect the individual.
Employers should be aware that, depending on the severity of the symptoms, menopausal symptoms may amount to a disability under the Equality Act 2010. Employers must ensure, therefore, that they do not treat employees less favourably than others as a result of a disability and must also make reasonable adjustments to ensure that employees are not disadvantaged as a result of their disability.
This policy includes the following sections:
• Employee support;
• Reasonable adjustments; and
• Data protection.